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Paleolithic rock shelter.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Charing-Ashford

Mad Dogs and Englishmen
just to prove the song four of us met up at Charing on a very hot and humid day with a silly idea of walking to Ashford
Thinking we were in the legion we set off across country led by our intrepid leader using a well worn map . In true form it did not take us long to get lost but he soon had us back on our tracks passing the local abattoir , not that we stopped for a closer look.
Passing many fields full of wheat that look ready for cutting we eventually found a lovely wooded section that gave a short respite from the blazing sun . Then on to and across Hothfield common where we were greeted with a site unfamiliar to Kent of 16 highland cattle , at first sheltering from the sun but as we got nearer they wandered into a very close view .
After finally leaving the common we passed through the village of Hothfield but not before we called into the local village shop for a desperately needed ice cream .
Trying to ignore the heat, but not succeeding we trod on through the village of Chart , here it took a great deal of will power not to stop at the local pub.
After only a few hundred yards along the A28 we cut across country to Ashford and our final destination of he railway station. This was a short walk of only about 8 miles but due to the heat and the simple fact we are all getting too old it took us 5 hours

Pagan sign on tree at start of walk
Dead tree , maybe struck by lightning
Line of Copper Beech trees
Crops waiting to be cut

Highland cattle on Hothfield Common

Village sign
waterfall just outside Hothfield
Another tree maybe struck by lightning

Fishing lake just outside Ashford

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